Do you know about Noblebright Fantasy?
Noblebright Fantasy refers to stories in which the main motivation of the characters is an altruistic proposal or quest. The world in which they live upholds hope and the possibility of better. Noblebright characters choose to act with kindness and honor. They are rewarded for their good qualities, and their world, although not perfect, is beautiful and valuable.
Brand new Epic/High Fantasy collection "Heroes and Swords", brings you a selection of Noblebright stories. With strong heroes and magical worlds, they will take you back to the times of classic fantasy. Learn a little more below from one of the very authors offering their books
INTERVIEW: Nicholas Andrews, author of Secrets of the Stonechaser.
Nicholas Andrews grew up in Dayton, Ohio. After graduating from Bellbrook High School in 2000, he went on to attend both Ohio University and Wright State University. He worked as a freelance video editor for various independent pro wrestling companies for three years, before returning to his first love of writing. Nicholas has been writing stories since he was ten years old. He is also the nephew of Ted Andrews (1952-2009), award winning new age author.
How long have you been writing Fantasy?
I started when I was ten years old, which was 25 years ago. Mostly wrote short stories until I had matured enough to tell long form stories. I finished my first fantasy novel at age 21, but being a young writer, the quality was too poor to be published. But you could say the fantasy genre has been a part of my life for a long time.
Why do you consider your story to be Noblebright?
My protagonists are generally good people who try to do the right thing. They may not always succeed, but the intentions are always there. That seems to be the defining trait of Noblebright that most would agree on.
Is this book part of a series?
Yes, Secrets of the Stonechaser is the first book in The Law of Eight series, which will be five books when completed. The subsequent books published so far are Follow the Faery Footpath and A Sense of Sacrifice, and both are available now at Amazon and other retailers.
Who is your favorite character from this book?
Probably Lady Qabala. She's almost like an antagonist that should have been a protagonist but for the circumstances of her life guiding her on a path toward malice. She's probably the most complicated character in the book. Going back to the Noblebright aspect, she's someone whose good intentions have been manipulated to the point that she is unable to handle the power she's won, which leads her down a darker road.
Who is the author you identify more with?
David Eddings was a big one. I became a fan of his work as a teenager, and he was one of the major influences as far as the types of stories I wanted to tell. The Rivan Codex was my first world-building guide.
What is your favorite Fantasy piece?
Even though it's still not finished, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin is my favorite series. I was a fan long before the TV show was even an idea, going back to 1999. My favorite standalone novel is Quest for Lost Heroes by David Gemmell. They've also been an influence on me as far as working in grittier and darker elements into my stories.
The Law of Eight series 1: Secrets of the Stonechaser
At one time, Nerris Palada had been part of the Thrillseekers, adventurers legendary in the continent of Tormalia. After years spent winning the hearts of the people and being immortalized in song and story, they went their separate ways. Now a mercenary, Nerris has become involved in the civil war gripping the country of Yagolhan, and mired in a dark place within his soul.
When evil forces emerge, Nerris is driven out of his army and left to fend for himself. A chance encounter reunites Nerris with his friends in their home village, and the Thrillseekers embark on one last grand adventure. Joined by the mysterious, fledgling sorceress Len-Ahl, the fellowship soon finds itself on a mission much bigger than their own desires. What they seek could free the world from a dark threat that has gripped it since antiquity.
When the dust has settled between gods and godlings, kings and commoners, and magic and mystery, Nerris may sink back into darkness or rekindle the joy, happiness and love of life he once knew.
Heroes and Swords: A Noblebright Fantasy Collection
In the spirit of the classic fantasy of Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Brandon Sanderson, authors of Noblebright Fantasy all around the world have come together in this E-book giveaway. With stories that are uplifting and full of hope, and heroes who strive for goodness and fight to save their worlds, Heroes and Swords will transport readers back to the glory of heroic fantasies, fabulous quests and characters full of charisma and courage.